Curating and Conserving New Media Work
A discussion with Sara Tucker and Timothy Murray
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
12–1:15 pm on Zoom


This event is organized in concert with the exhibition Constance DeJong: A survey exhibition of the artist’s work (August 24–October 9, 2021), which includes the collaborative multimedia project Fantastic Prayers, created by DeJong, the artist Tony Oursler, and the composer Stephen Vitiello. In 1995, Fantastic Prayers was developed as an interactive website, becoming the first of Dia’s Artist Web Projects and in 2000, it was realized as a CD-ROM. Using Fantastic Prayers as our entry point, the discussion will reflect on how CD-ROM became a popular medium for artists in the late 1990s/early 2000s and how conservators and curators are bringing this now obsolete medium back to life for means of research and exhibition.

This event is co-hosted by Sarah Watson, Chief Curator of Hunter College Art Galleries, and Sigourney Schultz, Lazarus Graduate Curatorial Fellow.

Image caption: The Place Where Lost Things Go (detail), image from Fantastic Prayers (1995/2000).


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